extraneous [adj1] unneeded; irrevelant accidental, additional, adventitious, beside the point, extra, foreign, immaterial, impertinent, inadmissible, inapplicable, inapposite, inappropriate, incidental, inessential, needless, nonessential, off the subject, peripheral, pointless, redundant, superfluous, supplementary, unconnected, unessential, unnecessary, unrelated; concept 546 —Ant. appropriate, basic, essential, integral, necessary, needed, pertinent, relevant extraneous [adj2] foreign adventitious, alien, exotic, external, extrinsic, out of place, strange; concept 549 —Ant. national, native

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  • Extraneous — Ex*tra ne*ous, a. [L. extraneus, from extra. See {Extra }, {Strange}.] Not belonging to, or dependent upon, a thing; without or beyond a thing; not essential or intrinsic; foreign; as, to separate gold from extraneous matter. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • extraneous — I adjective additional, alien, alienus, aside from the point, coming from without, derived from without, dispensable, extra, extraneus, extrinsic, extrinsical, foreign, impertinent, inapplicable, inapposite, incidental, inconsequent,… …   Law dictionary

  • extraneous — [ek strā′nē əs, ikstrā′nē əs] adj. [L extraneus, external, foreign < extra: see EXTRA ] 1. coming from outside; foreign [an extraneous substance] 2. not truly or properly belonging; not essential 3. not pertinent; irrelevant SYN. EXTRINSIC… …   English World dictionary

  • extraneous — 1630s, from L. extraneus external, strange, from extra outside of (see EXTRA (Cf. extra )) …   Etymology dictionary

  • extraneous — *extrinsic, foreign, alien Analogous words: external, exterior, outside, *outer, outward: adventitious, *accidental, incidental Antonyms: relevant Contrasted words: intrinsic, inherent, ingrained, constitutional: intestine, internal, inner,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • extraneous — ► ADJECTIVE 1) irrelevant or unrelated to the subject. 2) of external origin. DERIVATIVES extraneously adverb extraneousness noun. ORIGIN Latin extraneus …   English terms dictionary

  • extraneous — exterior, external, extraneous, extrinsic 1. The four words are related, and all have meanings based on outside. Exterior and external both refer to the outside of things in contrast to the inside • (Most manufacturers describe their exterior… …   Modern English usage

  • extraneous — adjective Etymology: Latin extraneus more at strange Date: 1638 1. existing on or coming from the outside < extraneous light > 2. a. not forming an essential or vital part < extraneous ornamentation > b. having no relevance < an extrane …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • extraneous — extraneously, adv. extraneousness, n. /ik stray nee euhs/, adj. 1. introduced or coming from without; not belonging or proper to a thing; external; foreign: extraneous substances in our water. 2. not pertinent; irrelevant: an extraneous remark;… …   Universalium

  • extraneous — ex|tra|ne|ous [ıkˈstreıniəs] adj formal [Date: 1600 1700; : Latin; Origin: extraneus foreign, strange , from extra; EXTRA ] 1.) not belonging to or directly related to a particular subject or problem = ↑irrelevant extraneous to ▪ Such details are …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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